How many times has it been said that a game will be low scoring? Well, the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks certainly proved that statement otherwise in tonight’s game.
Right off the bat Vancouver brought their men in low for the first strike. Andrew Ebbett scored the first goal just under a minute and a half into the first period. But Nashville’s Halischuk was having none of this from Vancouver as he tied up the game on an unassisted goal (off of his own assist and rebound) four minutes into the period.
It only took a minute for Vancouver to take back the lead, which stayed firmly in place for the rest of the night. Edler took the second goal for Vancouver at 5:20 of the first, while Raymond put home the Canucks’ third goal with two minutes left in the period. These goals didn’t come without a fight though, quite literally. Two fights broke out in the first period, one ending in Nashville’s Klein headed to the sin bin, something very rare for the Preds’ defenseman.
The second period did not slow down any at all. Five and a half minutes in Lapierre put in a wrist shot on Rinne, prompting Nashville to switch goalies for the night. With Mason in goal, the Preds put new life into the game. Spaling brought the Preds closer to a tie with a goal at the six minute mark. Again, the Canucks pulled away with a goal from Hanson, bringing the goal total to 5-2 to the Canucks at the end of the second.
Nashville really put on a show for the third period, holding off Vancouver long enough to score to more goals. First was Fisher, with Bourque taking the last Nashville goal with four minutes left to play. Unfortunately, Vancouver answered both goals, first off a penalty shot for Henrik Sedin and then with an empty netter and game winning goal for Booth.
Surprisingly, with eleven penalties in the game not one of the eleven goals came on the power play. While Vancouver has struggled with the PP, Nashville is not known for falling short on their opportunities. Maybe this will be fixed for the Friday game at Calgary? Find out Friday at 9pm EST. Let’s Go Preds!